Saturday, September 23, 2017

Crossfire (1947)

Director: Edward Dmytryk

Writers: John Paxton, Richard Brooks

Composer: Roy Webb

Starring: Robert Young, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Gloria Grahame, Paul Kelly, Sam Levene, Jacqueline White, Steve Brodie, George Cooper, Richard Benedict, Tom Keene, William Phipps, Lex Barker, Mario Dwyer

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  Sensational? No, it's dynamite!

Plot: A man is murdered, apparently by one of a group of soldiers just out of the army. But which one? And why?

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

Great flick.  Robert Ryan plays a great mean-ass bastard.  It's been said that Mitchum complained that anyone could've played his role but I dig what Mitchum brought to it.  He's so mild mannered but still he's a solid guy.  This is an expertly made flick all the way around and the noir aspect with the lighting and shadows is just marvelous.  The Warner Bros. DVD includes a couple of extras: a commentary track which includes director Dmytryk and a great featurette on the history of the film (9 min).

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